Dear Fellow Cyclists,
First the good news; RCMBA’s inaugural Stormy Saddle Enduro is only one week away. It will be an event to remember and to repeat in years to come. We’ve had a decent response to our call for volunteers, but we need more. If you are considering going out there just to enjoy the spectacle, what better chance to help out at the same time! If you’re going out there to race, we can still use your help on Friday, and Sunday as well. Though the race will be held on Saturday, there are many many things to do before and after. Your help will be greatly appreciated, and it will help us keep moving forward into next year. All volunteers will be fed lunch to keep them fueled up.
Now for the better news. We’re planning an after race barbecue for our wonderful volunteers. Redwood Meat Company is donating fifteen pounds of tri-tip that we’re going to slow cook on mesquite for a few hours, and we’ll have veggie burgers for our non-carnivorous friends. As well, we’ll have green salad, potato salad, and bean salad and Tim’s homemade monster chocolate chip cookies.
Did we mention beer? Mad River Brewing Company has donated a generous quantity of beer. There will be plenty of beer and non-alcoholic beverages to keep you hydrated and to complement your meal.
Now for the bonus round. If you’re a volunteer, and camp out Saturday night, we’re going to have a portable shower rigged. You don’t have to cave out all sweaty and grimy.
We’re holding a special meeting on Monday evening at 5:30 p.m. for volunteers at Humboldt County Association of Governments (HCAOG), 611 I Street, Suite B on the SE corner of 6th and I streets in Eureka. If you cannot make the meeting, fear not, we still need your help and will not turn you away, but if you can make the meeting please be there.
If you would like to join us and help out with this event, and have not yet let us know, please e-mail RCMBA.firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Tim at 707-668-1716.
It’s gonna be awesome!
Greetings Fellow Cyclists,
RCMBA’s Stormy Saddle Enduro at Lacks Creek is shaping up to be a spectacular event. We are looking for about 35 volunteers to help with set-up, clean-up, course marking/striking, course marshaling, stage timing, traffic direction, food service, and beer service. We want this to be an event to remember, and to continue well into the future; having local community’s support is essential. Volunteers will be fed lunch, and after the event, we’re having a special barbecue just for volunteers. The grill will be manned by yours truly; expect nothing less than excellence.
If you have already signed up to volunteer, we will be contacting you shortly. There will be a volunteer briefing sometime early in the week of the event. Date, time, and place are to be announced.
If you would like to volunteer, please contact me, Tim Daniels, by responding by e-mail to RCMBA.email@example.com, or call me at 707-668-1716.
See you on the road and on the trails.
Greetings Humboldt Cyclists,
We are planning an Enduro Mountain Bike Race on July 30th. It is sure to be a great time. The race will be held out in Lacks Creek featuring all the trails. We are pending on adding a 5th stage for the Experts/Pro/Open classes (the downhill course), otherwise all categories will at least race 4 stages covering all the sweet sections. I hope all of you can make it out and please spread the word. There will be food, free camping, and all around good times.
We will need volunteers! If you are available that weekend, we would be grateful for your help. Stay tuned for a sign up sheet and expected tasks for volunteering. We will definitely need a lot of course marshals.
In the mean time, visit https://humboldtenduro.com/ for more information. Register quick as we have a cap set for 100 people. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is a fun one to celebrate the bike month riding bikes and sipping on craft beers: the Brewvet Challenge!
The brewvet is a challenge to inspire you to get on your bike and explore your surroundings – and your local craft beers. The event runs through the whole month of May 2016. It is inspired by randonneuring events called brevets, so it makes sense to call it a Brewvet.
An “official” brewvet will incorporate 8 separate bike rides, each of which to a different location, where you will buy or consume a different beer, for a total distance of at least 40 miles (64 km as the brevet people count them) by bike. A ride qualifies if you either stop to drink a beer during your bike ride, or purchase a beer on your bike ride that you drink shortly after you get back home. Mead, cider and wine… well they count too. Just like in a brevet, you must provide documentation of each stop on your adventures. If you complete the challenge you’ll even get a little prize.
Once you have completed your Brewvet submit your 8 photos and completed control card to accinson “at” hotmail dot com. Photos can be submitted on your blog, as links to a photo sharing website or tweets, or via email. Deadline for Brewvet submissions is June 21, 2016.
Everyone who successfully completes the Brewvet will receive a little prize from RCMBA. Now, go out and ride your bike!
Greetings Fellow Banana Sluggers,
We at RCMBA decided to bill our annual Forks of Salmon Century as the fifth Banana Slug. The format will be a bit different from our usual Banana Slug rides; there will be no times kept, the riders will be supported by a SAG wagon in case of mechanical or rider break down, and we’ll carry your gear/food/water/etc. As usual, we will have water, coffee, fresh fruit, and bagels for the riders. You are encouraged to bring some snacks and if you don’t plan on getting lunch at Etna Brewery, bring a lunch.
Saturday, June 4 2016 we will meet at the Forks of Salmon Post Office and the ride will start almost promptly at 8 a.m. If you’re one of the faster riders and plan on stopping at the brewery for lunch, be forewarned; it won’t be open until 11:30 a.m. You can get there early and wait, leave Forks of Salmon a little later and catch us slow riders, or you can skip the brewery altogether. You have choices.
As well, there is camping available. One of our members has gotten us access to a private campground in Somes Bar. If you would like to camp there please reply to this e-mail for more information.
See you out there!
Wherever you rode on Saturday I hope it was as excellent as RCMBA’s Dyerville Loop Banana Slug. The National Weather Service forecast was calling for a small chance of showers, but they never once rained on our parade for the entire day. The temperatures were in the sixties, the sun was in and out, and the riders reported the weather and views from up on the ridge were spectacular.
The riders weren’t in any hurry to get started and by about a quarter after ten all fourteen riders were finally perched to launch, and launch they did. Along the route at least two riders were unceremoniously launched onto the ground, so far as scraped skin and torn clothing could tell. There were only two mechanical problems, both of them flat tires, and one of them is highly suspect in the subsequent launching of a rider. Finally, one rider missed a turn, and wound up a couple miles off course before he realized his error.
All riders finished, (left-behind skin excepted) in very respectable times, and all had smiles on their faces exclaiming “awesome ride”. Yes, even the skinned riders had fun.
4:01:31 Andrea Achilli
4:01:35 Jess Couch
4:01:38 Mark (flatted and launched #1) Severy
4:11:28 Michael Chapman
4:11:28 Robert East
4:18:00 Sean (flatted) Robertson
4:24:05 Tessa (launched #2) Thralls
4:29:27 Andre Guimaraes
4:41:13 Rik (which way to Garberville?) Rieder
5:36:49 Tom Phillips
5:36:49 Hollie Earnest
5:38:00 Mike Paula
6:00:00 Austin (from Austin) Sullivan
6:08:57 Sandra Rosas
We would like to point out that Michael Chapman, Robert East, Tessa Thralls, and Rik Rieder rode all four regular season Banana Slug Rides this year. Thank you for joining us in these fun and challenging rides and supporting RCMBA!
Stay tuned for more information on our late season Banana Slug ride the first weekend in June. We’re heading back to Forks of Salmon for the hundred miler. As in the past, it will be a SAG supported ride, but we won’t be keeping times.
The weather couldn’t have been better, nor the crowd of eager trail workers more enthusiastic. It was basic clean-up day; the winter weather was mostly kind to the trail, but the trees in the neighborhood took more of a beating. Their debris was scattered about, and some rather large limbs decided to sprawl themselves across more than one section of trail. While most of us were clearing debris, a small group of sculptors took to the jump trail to help bring it back to a more “airy” state, and another group focused on the downhill trail. All in all, there were at least twenty five trail workers, and we got a lot done. It was a great day at Lacks Creek.
To all who came out to enjoy the awesome weather, and get our newest mountain bike trail system up to snuff for the coming year, we at RCMBA offer a heartfelt thank you!
The crowd gathers…
Noah, armed and dangerous
It was raining hard Saturday morning as we loaded the van to haul the Banana Slug kit to Freshwater Park, but by the time we arrived it had stopped raining. As it turned out, it didn’t rain again until the very end as we packed up the van and headed home. Even with the prevailing weather forecast and challenging ride route, I wasn’t surprised at the relatively large turnout. We had 12 sluggers on the roster; most of them rode to freshwater park from their homes, some as far away as McKinleyville. We had couple riders come all the way up from Petaluma; they’d come a long way to ride, they were gonna ride. Most riders were equipped with fatter CX tires, and Michael Chapman, Robert East, and Grant Lay chose to ride mountain bikes; not a bad choice given the rough nature of the roads out there. We also had a guest appearance; Chris Schinke showed up for the start, but cut out early. I’m not sure how far he rode up the Kneeland Road, but he was already bombing back down as Jenny and I were headed up. We were slow getting started, but we finally got the riders out the gate by ten or so minutes after nine. There was only one mechanical; Andrea Achilli flatted on the final climb up Mountain View Road. All riders finished under five hours, and Mike Paula even turned a faster time than he did on Butler Valley Loop; that is an accomplishment! And happily, there were no reports of aggressive dogs and nobody got lost. The final tally is as follows:
Michael Davies-Hughes 3:15:55
Errin Odell 3:22:02
Robert East 3:35:47
Andrea Achilli 3:41:21
John Bergenske 3:43:00
Steve Hoffman 3:43:00
Michael Chapman 3:51:00
Tessa Thralls 3:51:35
Rik Rieder 4:00:45
Jess Couch 4:18:14
Grant Lay 4:24:32
Mike Paula 4:52:20
Our fourth Banana Slug, the ever challenging Dyerville Loop will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2016. The ride will start and finish at the Humboldt Redwoods State Park Visitor Center just outside of Weott. The ride will begin almost promptly at 10:00 a.m. rain or shine. See you there!.
With all the rain we’ve been getting on the Redwood Coast, I was very pleased that Saturday morning arrived with some sunshine and a nice big group of riders eager to challenge themselves on our perennial favorite: the Butler Valley loop. Over thirty riders wrote their names on the roster, and there were at least another half dozen guest appearances. Some of the fast riders blazed the course in impossibly fast times, with the claims that they felt slower than last year, though many of them were significantly faster. Most of the riders finished in under four hours, and the few who took longer all still arrived back at Arcata Community Center with big smiles on their faces while letting out whoops of joy.
But the day was not without its glitches. First, the host, your truly, misplaced the envelope containing membership roster, membership forms, and worst of all, route slips. Not having any way to take new memberships wasn’t all bad, as I was soloing it at the table, and the onslaught of riders wanting to register kept me busier than a one armed, one legged cyclist in the Tour de France. To make matters worse, there was a group of five riders from Petaluma, and they had no idea where they were going and needed some direction. Sean Tetrault, ever the problem solver, inquired if they had smartphones. At least some of them did, and Sean suggested they take a look at Jim Robbins Northcoast Bike Rides blog for a nicely detailed description of the route complete with mileage. It seemed to work; in the end, nobody got lost or off course. Well, that’s not entirely true. Rik Rieder took a bit of a deviation to Revolution Bicycle Repair to get his headset adjusted. Seems it was making unusual noises, and Rik decided against venturing into Butler Valley without being properly prepared for what can be a very rough ride. As well, a small contingent of riders opted to turn off Butler Valley Road onto Fickle Hill Road for some extra-curricular dirt road climbing, and a somewhat sketchy descent back into Arcata. After some brief discussion, we agreed that while it’s probably a bit shorter, it is nonetheless just as challenging, if not more so.
While Mark Severy turned in an incredibly fast time of 2:45:50, followed by four other riders to complete the course in under three hours, my real heroes for the day were Tom Graves, and his son Joel. It took Tom over seven hours to complete the course, but he stayed on it, and finished with a big smile on his face and tales to tell. That’s a long time to be out there, and Joel stayed with him every pedal stroke of the way. You guys are awesome!
Thanks to everybody who showed up, whether you were on the roster or not, it was a great day to ride with RCMBA!
2:45:50 Mark Severy
2:48:10 Michael Davies-Hughes
2:48:10 Steve Hoffman
2:56:40 Errin Odell
2:58:14 Allen Hoy
3:04:53 Andrea Achilli
3:06:00 Jeff Gutierrez
3:07:20 Ario Bigattini
3:07:20 Andy Schruck
3:07:20 Frank Paula
3:09:58 Michael Chapman
3:14:30 Robert East
3:14:30 Tessa Thralls
3:14:30 Humberto Faria – Fickle Hill Rd.
3:16:20 Bob Moore – Fickle Hill Rd.
3:17:06 Jude Stromberg – Fickle Hill Rd.
3:20:29 Grant Lay
3:20:30 Sky McKinley
3:24:40 Jim Robbins
3:35:30 Andre Guimaraes – Fickle Hill Rd.
3:41:26 Andy Cesarez
3:48:00 Todd Kraemer
3:54:50 Rik “pit stop” Rieder
3:54:50 Jess Couch
4:05:30 Mark Paula
4:12:40 Mike Woychak
4:56:35 Gina Bauer
4:56:35 Lacey Comer
4:56:35 Ali Osgood
4:56:35 Sharon Osgood
7:09:00 Thomas Graves
and last but certainly not least,
Sean Tetrault and his Aids/LifeCycle ride cohorts
P.S. My humble apologies for not being properly prepared. For what it’s worth, that’s the first time it has happened, and we’ve been doing this four times a year for at least five years now.
The wet blustery weather surely discouraged some riders from crawling out of their warm cozy beds, but it was an epic turn out anyway. We’ve never had so many people show up for our January Banana Slug. Though the forecast was calling for partly cloudy skies, it just happened to be the part between the sun and earth; those who were prepared for cold drizzly rain were not disappointed. By the end of the ride, I was soaked through and slightly hypothermic. It was nice to peel off the wet layers and throw on some toasty warm woolen clothes.
The competition was fierce, and most riders finished under three hours. Mark Severy blew it out, finishing in just over two hours. Shaun Lyle, who led the way to Monument Road, was passed by Mark on the climb, and finished with an awesome time, but still almost ten minutes behind.
I heard there were some riding mountain bikes, but it was hard for me to keep track. I’ve been told Michael Chapman, Robert East, and Sean Johnson were.
Oh yeah, and I was on my 31 pound steel comfort bike with flat pedals and carrying a Downtown Brown in my Camelbak (to accompany the requisite safety meeting before the descent into Ferndale).
Mark Severy 2:04:21
Shaun Lyle 2:13:20
Chris Johnson 2:29:44
Allen Hoy 2:29:44
“Hollywood” Bob Beede 2:32:06
Michael Chapman 2:32:23
Jeff Farnum 2:32:47
Robert East 2:32:55
Rik Rieder 2:37:56
Larry Kluck 2:39:30
Tessa Thralls 2:40:30
Sean Johnson 2:43:30
Grant Lay 2:48:23
Sean Robertson 2:52:45
Hollie Ernest 2:54:58
Tom Phillips 2:54:58
Margaret Lang 2:57:00
Andre Guimaraes 2:59:04
Mark Griffin 3:00:50
Todd Kraemer 3:05:15
Steve Railsback 3:05:26
Courtney Ladika 3:59:41
Ali “late start” Osgood 4:10:30
Tim “no excuses” Daniels 4:33:10
Justin “hangin with dad” Graves 4:53:00
Thomas Graves DNF
Next up, the perennial favorite: Butler Valley, Saturday, February 13. The ride will start almost promptly at 9:00 a.m. from the parking lot at Arcata Community Center.
Greetings Fellow Cyclists,
This Saturday, January 9, 2016 is the first in our series of four Banana Slug Winter Training Rides. We’re meeting at the parking lot at Humboldt County Fairgrounds in Ferndale. We head out of Ferndale to Rio Del via Blue Slide Road. We’ll climb up Monument Avenue to Mattole/Wildcat Road, and drop back into Ferndale from there. It’s roughly 30 miles with about 3000 feet of climbing. We will have route slips available. The ride will start almost promptly at 9:00 a.m. We will have locally roasted Kinetic Coffee, Los Bagels, and fresh fruit to help fuel your ride.
Ride is on, rain or shine.